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Diet control

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, December 07, 2013

THE Digicel Fiji 7s diet plan is working well and coach Ben Ryan is happy with the progress the players have made on their food intake so far.

The Englishman introduced a diet plan for the players in the lead up to the second leg of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series to control their food.

Ryan's diet plan includes cutting down on the carbohydrates and increasing their protein intake.

In an email correspondence with the Times Sport from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Ryan said he was keeping a close watch on the players' meals.

"Diet is a constant thing. The lads are beginning to understand they need to fuel themselves well and obviously anything fried or sugary is off the menu," he said.

"Also trying to reduce their bread intake and increase their proteins.

"In basic terms, if they have a 'colourful' plate then I know they have a good mix of food types on their plate."

Ryan in an earlier interview said a proper diet plan would help make players leaner, faster and stronger.

"Generally, I have seen the food is high in carbohydrates in the islands but elite athletes need to maintain their muscles so they would need to increase their protein intake and cut down on carbohydrates."

The Osea Kolinisau-skippered side starts its Nelson Mandela Bay 7s tournament campaign against Australia tonight at 11.28pm.

Fiji will play its remaining pool matches against France and Scotland early tomorrow at 2.34am and 6.14am, respectively.

Fiji 7s:

Samu Saqiwa, Osea Kolinisau (C), Samisoni Viriviri, Benito Masilevu, Waisea Nacuqu, Semi Kunatani, Pio Tuwai, Donasio Ratubuli, Emosi Mulevoro, Leo Naikasau, Jonah Tuitoga, Mosese Mawalu.